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After a successful career in graphic arts/printing in the Baltimore, MD area, Kim Casciero was introduced to Naples, Florida, in 1980 by close friends that relocated to the area. When Kim stepped foot on Vanderbilt Beach, she decided that Naples was going to be where she would live her life when she retired. In 1988, she purchased a home and became a snowbird. In 2003, Kim began a new career in finance and in 2009, she finally made the permanent move to Naples. She brought with her a love for baking that has always been a part of her life.
As a child she watched her Grandmother Casciero bake and cook and was inspired by her. Kim had baked biscotti and Italian cookies, cheesecakes, wedding, birthday, and specialty cakes for friends, family, children’s parties, event planners, and as gifts for her clients over the years. Wanting to tap into this as an opportunity for a business, she created Be Happy Cakes in 2009. The company started with her supplying cheesecakes & pound cakes to local restaurants & country clubs. These, of course, included Key Lime Cheesecake and her unique Key Lime Pound Cake. Wanting to create a decadent Florida treat that would be easily shippable, she created and tested her own recipes ( her grandmother’s original ingredients scale sits on her kitchen counter for inspiration), and finally after many trials, Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies (named for her niece) was born. This exciting new offering from Be Happy Cakes reflects the flavor that IS Florida from the expert hands of this baking master.
Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies are a wonderful gift! They are PERFECT for wedding favors, wedding guest gift bags, corporate gifts, corporate conference attendee gifts and give aways! AND they are KOSHER.
IN THE NEWS:
NAPLES, FL (March 26, 2015) – Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies, produced locally by Be Happy Cakes, LLC, will be distributed today to many well known television celebrities at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 42nd Daytime Emmy® Awards (www.emmyonline.com) at the Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, CA. The product was chosen to be included in the event’s Official Emmy® Gift Bags by Off the Wall Gifts (www.offthewallgifts.com). Off the Wall Gifts produces the Official Emmy® Award Show Gift Bags/Talent Lounge.
In 2012 the cookies were included in the gifts bags at the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards in New York City. A vanilla cake-like base topped with a key lime icing, Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies were created by Be Happy Cakes owner Kim Casciero. “Our cookies are a flavorful reflection of the Southwest Florida lifestyle,” she said. “We are thrilled to once again be a part of the Emmy® Awards celebrations.”
The cookies can be found locally at stores and gift shops including Naples Botanical Garden, Naples Grande Gift Shop and Three60 Market. Please go to http://kristiskeylimecookies.com/order/locations/ for a complete list of locations.
NAPLES, FL (October 1, 2012) – Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies (www.kristiskeylimecookies.com), produced in southwest Florida by Be Happy Cakes, LLC, will be distributed today to many well known news and documentary celebrities at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The product was chosen to be included in the event’s Official Emmy® Gift Bags by Off the Wall Gifts. Off the Wall Gifts produces the Official Emmy® Award Show Gift Bags/Talent Lounge.
The cookies, a vanilla cake-like base topped with a key lime icing, were created by Be Happy Cakes owner Kim Casciero. “Our cookies are a flavorful reflection of the Southwest Florida lifestyle,” she said. “We are thrilled to be a part of this distinguished event and perhaps have Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams sampling them.”
You can view the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards Program HERE.KRISTI’S KEY LIME COOKIES GOES TO THE GOVERNORS MANSION IN TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA May 23, 2017
BECOMING KOSHER – Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies Becomes KOSHER the Summer of 2016
Rabbi Howard Seif (from Miami) and Rabbi Michael Raab (from Naples) joined together to make KKLC Kosher
Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies featured in Naples Illustrated
Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies a favorite in Gulfshore Life
Hats in the Garden features Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies
Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies, produced locally by Be Happy Cakes, LLC, were distributed in the gift bags at the 9th Annual Hats in the Garden fundraiser at Naples Botanical Garden. This year’s event featured an appearance and fashion show by designer Michael Kors. The over 600 attendees will have an opportunity to order more cookies with a percentage donated to the Garden. The cookies are sold in the Garden Store year round.
Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies can also be found locally at stores and gift shops including Waldorf Astoria Naples, Three60 Market and Naples Beach Hotel.
Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies featured in Pelican Bay Magazine
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